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Oct 8, 2010

RAND Study Examines Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

Over time, many companies with significant asbestos-related liabilities have filed for bankruptcy, and payments by trusts set up by bankruptcy courts have played an increasingly important role in the compensation of asbestos-related injuries. While the role of trusts in providing compensation to asbestos claimants has grown, information about the operating procedures and activities of these trusts is not readily available in a convenient form.

Oct 20, 2008

Local Government Liability: A Major Cost and Exposure

If there was any doubt that civil liability is costing local governments big money, it was removed by a study just released by School Services of California, Inc. The respected school consulting group surveyed 650 K-12 school districts representing more than half the students in the state and found that the price tag on defending, insuring, and paying tort and other liability claims is running $80 million annually.

Apr 8, 2003

Unequal Protection: Children and Attorney's Fees

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) released this study which looked at the contingency fee policies of all the state’s 58 counties related to cases where the Plaintiffs are minors.

Jan 1, 2002

Final Report of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary 1997-2000

In April 1998 the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) published A Study of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary, its first comprehensive examination of contributions to candidates for California’s judiciary. The study documented the source of campaign contributions to candidates running for various Superior Court seats. The original study examined four California counties (Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco) during the period of 1993 to 1996. This update to the original study examines the same four counties during the period 1997 to 2000.

Dec 1, 2000

Preliminary Study of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary: 1998-2000

In 1998, the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) issued A Study of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary. In this study CJAC focused on contributions to superior court justices in four counties: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. CJAC is continuing to examine contributions during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles and will expand its investigation to races in Santa Clara county. This report is a preliminary examination of some of the races, amounts, sources and trends of contributions to the California judiciary in the same four counties. The final report will be issued in early 2001 following the final reporting period of the 2000 election cycle.

Dec 1, 1998

Civil Liability Litigation and California's Schools: Education Lost

A study prepared for: The Association for California Tort Reform

Apr 1, 1998

A Study of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary: 1994-1996

By Comparison with many other states, California’s process for selecting and electing judges generally wins high marks. However, in recent years concern has been expressed over the rising cost of elections. In this study Civil Justice Association of California focused on contributions to superior court justices in four counties: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. Civil Justice Association of California examined contributions during the period of 1993 to 1996 and analyzed amounts, sources and trends of contributions.

Feb 7, 1997

An Analysis of Punitive Damages in California Courts: 1991-2000

The debate over punitive damages continues. In both appellate and legislative venues, state and federal, the question continues to be asked: Have punitive or exemplary damages become foremost a money-producing tool for plaintiffs lawyers and secondarily a special device for punishing defendants whose tortuous acts were so far in excess of ordinary negligence that a dollar sanction beyond compensation for the harm caused is in the public interest?

Feb 7, 1997

New State Data Confirms Runaway Abuse of Punitive Damages

The debate over punitive damages continues. In both appellate and legislative venues, state and federal, the question continues to be asked: Have punitive or exemplary damages become foremost a money-producing tool for plaintiffs lawyers and secondarily a special device for punishing defendants whose tortuous acts were so far in excess of ordinary negligence that a dollar sanction beyond compensation for the harm caused is in the public interest?

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